Dashing Stars and a Moravian Star

Hooray! For finishing projects! And Hooray! For sharing a creative hobby with like-minded people – a great way to find inspiration and grow friendships 🙂

I’m fortunate enough to participate in a monthly sewing day in a warm hall in the middle of the beautiful Candover Valley, Hampshire. Yesterday was the last Thursday of the month, the date of our regular gathering. Surrounded by like-minded ladies, good conversation and the gentle whir of sewing machines I made steady progress on not one but three projects 🙂

First up: I machine stitched the binding to my third version of ‘Dashing Stars’, the pattern used in the Beginners Course at Purple Stitches. It feels great to have another finish under my belt 🙂

Dashing Stars 3 finished by Allison Reid

Next: I turned to the log cabin project. This began in response to a request for a Log Cabin workshop. A few weeks ago I worked out a pattern using two methods to make a Log Cabin block. I then set-to with a Moda Jelly Roll – ‘Vive La France’ – and my low volume stash to make thirty-six Log Cabin blocks. I enjoyed myself, writing out the methods and pattern as I went along but had to admit that making two sets of 18 blocks would be too much to do in a time-limited workshop….  Back to EQ7 and my design wall … I decided on a more manageable workshop-friendly design using just sixteen blocks.

Log Cabin Workshop quilt top by Allison Reid

Yesterday I stitched my sixteen blocks together to make the workshop example. I’ve ordered some plain Moda fabric for the border and I have several strips left over from the Jelly Roll – enough to make a coordinated scrappy binding.

IMG_4276And my third sewing day project: A Moravian Star. I started this on Tuesday evening at a meeting of Roundabout Quilters. One of the members of the group kindly prepared templates and demonstrated how to paper piece this rather spectacular decoration. I’m using five fabrics from my Christmas stash and some scraps of wadding. It’s a long, long time since I’ve embarked on a English Paper Piecing type project and I’m surprised by how much I’m enjoying it.

(The image to the left is from a free Moravian Star tutorial on the AQS website. Unlike the pattern Roundabout Quilters are using, the AQS pattern does not use wadding to pad out the diamond shapes).


Moravian Star segments by Allison Reid

Twelve of these five-piece segments are needed to construct the Star. I’ve decided to give this decoration to a friend as a Christmas gift – a decision that should spur me onto a finish rather than the creation of yet another UFO!

All-in-all a very enjoyable and productive sewing day. Linking with Alycia for Finished Or Not Finished Friday – she’s been working on a modern version of the Log Cabin block.

Allison

 

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Touring Quilter – National Quilt Championships, Sandown UK

I had a lovely day out on Saturday, visiting the annual National Quilt Championships at Sandown Racecourse. The sun shone but it was not too hot and although the traffic on the M25 motorway/carpark was heavy our journeys too and from the venue did not spoil the day.

Starting with lunch… We sat outside on the main stand of Sandown Racecourse and enjoyed the panoramic view of London.

Sandown 2019 View (1) by Allison Reid
If you look very closely you will see the triangular shape of The Shard between two tree tops to the right of the photo. The Shard is the tallest building in the UK.
Sandown 2019 View (3) by Allison Reid
Look closely at the horizon and you’ll spot the arch of Wembley Stadium gleaming in the sunshine.

As members of Roundabout Quilters we were keen to go see our Group Quilt hanging in the exhibition. Our quilt, along with all the others was displayed well and it was especially pleasing to see other visitors stopping to look and making positive comments.

Sandown 2019 Group Quilt (2) by Allison Reid
Roundabout Quilters entry with the winner of the Group Quilt category in the foreground.

Sandown 2019 Group Quilt (1) by Allison Reid

And look the quilt gained a Judges Merit! The first time Roundabout Quilters has entered a quilt in a show too! The Quilt will be first prize in the Charity Raffle we are holding as part of our bienneial exhibition in September (more details here).

Now for your delight and inspiration here are just a very few of the quilts on display at Sandown.

Sandown 2019 Quilt (1) by Allison Reid
‘Modern Quilt’ by Maureen Crawford.
Sandown 2019 Quilt (2) by Allison Reid
‘Tutti-Frutti’ by Pam & Nicky Lintott.
Sandown 2019 Quilt (2.1) by Allison Reid
‘Tutti-Frutti’ quilting detail

Part of the exhibition space was given over to Sandy Chandler’s huge wholecloth quilts. Here are close ups from two of her quilts:

Sandown 2019 Quilt (3) by Allison Reid
Detail of wholecloth quilt by Sandy Chandler

Sandown 2019 Quilt close up by Allison Reid

Sandown 2019 Quilt (4) by Allison Reid
‘Storm at Sea’ by Pat Coverdale
Sandown 2019 Quilt (5) by Allison Reid
‘Seaside Sewing’ by Gill Tilburn was hand pieced on holiday!

Of course, there was opportunity for retail therapy too. I had a good therapy session… picking up fabrics for Myra’s Jelly Roll Waves QAL starting in a week’s time; backing fabric for the Square in a Square quilt tops I made earlier in the month; a book about Bargello quilts (this is a patchwork pattern on my bucket list!); a couple of fabric pieces for my stash and a little collection of notions (I know, ANOTHER ruler! 😀 ).

Sandown 2019 Jelly Roll Wave fabrics by Allison Reid Sandown 2019 Notions by Allison ReidSandown 2019 Backing and Stash fabrics by Allison Reid

Roundabout Quilters met a few days after Sandown for a sewing evening. As well as being very happy with our first experience of having a Group Quilt hung in a national show we were in general agreement that attendance at quilt shows is declining year by year. I wonder if you have experienced the same? The biggest and most popular UK show is the annual Festival of Quilts held over a long weekend in August at the NEC, Birmingham. Perhaps there will have to be a reduction in the number of national shows held throughout the UK with the key event being the Festival of Quilts? As footfall declines and exhibition entries fall, vendors and exhibition goers alike may have to acknowledge that the number of shows on the calendar will need to be reduced.

On a positive note I wonder if a reduction in the number of national quilt shows will lead to a rise in the popularity of the exhibitions held by local quilt groups? Less travel and reduced costs for vendors and visitors alike, along with the pleasure of seeing quilts hung in a variety of spaces could be the way forwards. I’d be interested to know your thoughts on the present state and future options for quilt exhibitions.

Joining Lorna for the Let’s Bee Social link up at Sew Fresh Quilts. Lorna is sharing her latest animal pattern called ‘Lamb Chops’!

Allison

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 I hope you have an opportunity this weekend to work on a project – bring it a long to this virtual sew-in and share some of the topics and inspiration brought to our attention by the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your comments and topics for conversation in the comments box at the bottom of this page.

On Saturday afternoon I will be teaching the final two blocks of a skill-building sampler quilt we have been making at Purple Stitches’ Quilt Club. We are tackling a nine-patch block and a Dresden Plate. Here are ‘the one’s I made earlier’ samples I’ll be sharing with the class:

PS Quilt Club Dresden Plate and Nine Patch by Allison Reid

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